Thursday, November 23, 2006

Automatic image annotation

This Wikipedia aricle is a useful literature primer for anyone interested in automatic image annotation. But did you know that one of the first papers describing an attempt to recognise image content from a statistical perspective dates back to 1974? This was recently pointed out to me by Zdenek Zdrahal during my visit to Open University's Knowledge Media Institute lab. The paper is called A Semantics Based Region Analyzer by Jerome A. Feldman and Yoram Yakimovsky, in Journal of Artificial Intelligence 5(4):349-371 1974. It's interesting what they managed to achieve with the very limited computational resources they had back then.

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